Birgunj, Parsa, Jan 9
Wheat farming in Parsa, Bara and Rautahat district is likely to get affected for Indian side's failure to release water for irrigation on time.
The Indian side delayed the release of the Gandak canal water by almost one week (the water release should have taken place by December 25), admitted Rajendra Prasad Sah, Chief of Narayani Irrigation Management Division Office, Birgunj, adding, "the farming will get affected as there lacks irrigation in the time of sowing seeds."
The Indian side has let out only 540 Cusecs water of 850 Cusecs entitled to the Nepali side, which is enough only for the farming in Parsa and Bara. So the water will be released only to Parsa and Bara or to Rautahat alone, he said.
The farmers have complained that some of their farmlands are left uncultivated for want of irrigation.
"We are finding it difficult to cultivate wheat for want of irrigation. We have managed to grow wheat on only some of our farmlands depending on rains," said Sheshman Pandit, a farmer from Parsa.
The three districts have wheat grown on the total 76,500 hectares of farmlands this year. The Indian side releases water in the canal twice a year for the three districts. According to an agreement with India, the Indian side is bound to let go 850 Cusecs water in the canal for use by Nepali farmers. (RSS)
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